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World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1919 1
New York 1
Death:
05 Jul 2014 2
Combat Mission Italy 2
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T/Sgt Robert L Waldrip, KIA, 5 July'43, MTO, B-25, 321stBG,447thBS
T/Sgt Robert L Waldrip, KIA, 5 July'43, MTO, B-25, 321stBG,447thBS
ZACHARY TAYLOR NATIONAL CEMETERY 4701 BROWNSBORO ROAD LOUISVILLE, KY 40207 ************ 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron, Lt Leonard "SHAP" Shapiro Loss (Shot-down) 5 July, 1943
T/Sgt Robert L Waldrip, KIA, 5 July'43, MTO, B-25, 321stBG,447thBS
T/Sgt Robert L Waldrip, KIA, 5 July'43, MTO, B-25, 321stBG,447thBS
PFC "SCRAPPY", Lt Leonard Shapiro's little Dog. KIA. MACR Report on the Crew, 5 July 1943
5th July, 1943, Shot-down and all died... Crew rests together including Lt Shap's dog
5th July, 1943, Shot-down and all died... Crew rests together including Lt Shap's dog
The Crew of Lt Shapiro was shot-down on Combat Mission 5 July 1943, all rest together including Lt Shapiro's little dog SCRAPPY. Lawrence Rider was the B-25 Top Turret Gunner.
Blue 1940's Buic Roadmaster
Blue 1940's Buic Roadmaster
Top-Turret on a Budweiser Truck
Top-Turret on a Budweiser Truck
Lawrence should be IN this photo, looks like original CREW
Lawrence should be IN this photo, looks like original CREW
The famous Knapp Flight-Over the Atlantic, Lawrence was with Lt Shapiro *His ship never did have art or a name) and this should be the original Crew/ Lawrence should be in this Photo. #41-29775 B-25 that was shot-down 5 July'43. All KIA
All rest together in the Zachery Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky
All rest together in the Zachery Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky
Lawrence Rider with his Crew Lost on 5 July, 1943
Lawrence Rider with his Crew Lost on 5 July, 1943
321stBG,447thBS, S/Sgt Lawrence E Rider "LARRY" to his Mother.. Uncle Bus (Buster) to the rest :)
321stBG,447thBS, S/Sgt Lawrence E Rider "LARRY" to his Mother.. Uncle Bus (Buster) to the rest :)
A great man loved by family and friends, missed for a lifetime. God Bless "Uncle Bus"! Picture compliments of his Nephew Gary Beaumont.

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Also known as:
LARRY to his mother 2
Person:
Lawrence E Rider 1
Level of Education: 1 year of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1919 1
New York 1
Death:
05 Jul 2014 2
Combat Mission Italy 2
Cause: Shot-Down 2
Residence:
Place: Wyoming County, New York 1
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Birth:
Mother: Laura Rider 2
Father: William Rider 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
25 Feb 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
32250488 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Niagara Youngstown New York 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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"Uncle BUS" or BUSTER 2
Occupation:
Farm hands, general farms 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0487 1
Film Reel Number: 2.151 1

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S/Sgt Lawrence E Rider, 321stBG, 447thBS, KIA

Italy

Lawrence should be IN this photo, looks like original CREW
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S/Sgt Lawrence E Rider, GUNNER. KIA 5 July, 1943

321stBG,447thBS, S/Sgt. Lawrence E Rider, Gunner/KIA 5 July, 1943

321stBG,447thBS, Lawrence E Rider, Gunner/KIA 5 July, 1943 (Click for personal story)
321stBG De-classified War Diary

S/Sgt Lawrence E Rider KIA July 5th 1943
447th BS: Extracts from Missing Air Crew Report # 71: Started over field at 1055.
Flew 84° for 193 miles to Bianco point at 37° 12 minutes N., 13° 40 minutes N. Started
letting down 5 miles from coast at 1115 and hit the deck at 1125. Started climb at 1146
and reached 10000 feet at 1202. Reached Bianco point at 1208 then at 68° 63 miles to
Catenanuova and 127° for 10 miles to target. Made bomb run at 9000 feet then left turn
and retraced course.
A/C No. 41-64657 (MACR-71 - shot down – direct hit)
P Shapiro, Leonard L. “Shap”, 1Lt - KIA - DED
CP Greenwood, Nathan H., 2Lt - KIA - DED
N None
B Schulze, George F., S/Sgt - KIA - DED
E None listed
R Waldrip, Robert L., T/Sgt - KIA - DED
G Rider, Lawrence E., S/Sgt - KIA - DED
F PFC Scrappy (Lt Shapiro’s “little dog”) - KIA - DED
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KILLED IN ACTION on 05 July 1943 on Bombing Mission on the Gerbini Main Satellite #1. The Plane Took a Direct Hit by Enemy Flak, and Went Down in Flames, ALL 5 Crew Members Were Killed, As Well As Special Assistant, “PFC Scrappy”, The Pilot’s (Lt. Shapiro’s) Little Dog. All 5 Crew Members are Buried or Memorialized TOGETHER At Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA in Section E, Plot: 246 A/C No. 41-64657 (MACR-71 - shot down – direct hit)P->Shapiro, Leonard L. “Shap”, 1Lt-KIA CP-> Greenwood, Nathan H., 2Lt-KIA N-> NoneB-> Schulze, George F., S/Sgt-KIA E-> None listedR->Waldrip, Robert L., T/Sgt-KIA G->Rider, Lawrence E., S/Sgt- KIA F-> NoneSpecial Assistant-> PFC Scrappy (Lt Shapiro’s “little dog”)-KIA

Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st Bomb Group Historian.

Lawrence Rider, B-25 Top-Turret Gunner

North Africa

Blue 1940's Buic Roadmaster
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7 Feb.2013; From Find-a-Grave; ****This is my uncle. To many he was known as "Bus", short for Buster, to his Mom, he was Larry. I never met him, but my Dad would tell me stories about him. He was a fun loving guy and is missed by all.   - Gary Beaumont  (Nephew)

Gary, your Uncle BUS was loved and respected by his friends and Combat Crew. . . he was greatly missed.  A Hero in the truest sense, he was KIA on 5 July,'43 over Italy ... having flown from the 321st Bomb Group Base in North Africa. God Bless our brave men.  (Barbi)

(On a Personal note)

321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron, S/Sgt Lawrence E Rider was a good friend of Walter Cantrell, they were "Great Pals" and spent off-time together. Lawrence always said "When I get HOME, I am Gonna' get me a Big Buick, take it to Chicago, mount a top-turret on it and be a GANGSTER !"
(as told to Barbi Ennis Connolly from Walter, 2007)

One beautiful blue BUICK, 1940's Roadmaster or .....  a Budweiser Truck???  ;)  Barbi

********  Lawrence was U.S. Army Air Force, 12th Air Force, 57th Bombardment Wing, 321st Bombardment Group, 447th Bombardment Squadron, aboard B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber Aircraft, stationed in the MTO during WW II. 1Lt Shapiro was Killed In Action On 05 July 1943 on a Bombing Mission on the Gerbini Main Satellite #1. The Plane Took a Direct Hit by Enemy Flak, and was seen to crash into the base of a mountain, only feet from a large open meadow. ALL 5 Crew Members Were Killed, As Well As Special Assistant, "PFC Scrappy", The Pilot's (Lt. Shapiro's) Little Dog.
They are All Interred Together.

PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  321st Bomb Group Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing. 

321st Bomb Group Historical Researcher Team; John T "Butch" Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Ennis Connolly.

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